Police issue appeal to public following the loss of two Attenuating Energy Projectile (AEP) rounds
Detective Chief Superintendent Rowan Moore, Head of Special Operations Branch said: “On the evening of Sunday 7 May specially trained firearms officers responded to a report of a man with a gun threatening staff and guests at a hotel in Belfast City Centre. Upon arrival of police the suspect was holding a man hostage in the hotel and then attempted to make off from the scene. As a result of their dynamic response to this very dangerous situation the officers were able to detain the suspect and safely resolve the incident without any injury to those involved. A 31 year old man has since appeared in court charged with a number of offences, including carrying an imitation firearm and false imprisonment.
“Immediately following the operation it was discovered that two AEP rounds were missing. Searches of the immediate area were conducted without success.
“While any risk posed by these rounds is low we are making the public aware that they have been lost and, despite the extensive efforts of police, have not been located.
“We are well aware of our responsibilities to safeguard equipment and the potential consequences that flow from that and are treating the loss of these rounds extremely seriously. A review of the operation has now commenced in order to prevent any such reoccurrence.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have lifted these items to return them to police without delay or for any member of the public who should come across these items not to touch them but to contact police immediately on 101.”